Detroit department instructs plumbing flushing for discolored water

After warning about rusty water on Detroit’s eastern side earlier this week, officials said on Thursday residents will be able to use their water again after flushing their plumbing for 5 to 10 minutes.

The instructions apply to residents in the Cornerstone Village, East English Village, and Morningside neighborhoods, as well as those whose homes border those communities.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department issued the following instructions for flushing any residual sediment from plumbing fixtures before using it for drinking, cooking, or washing:

  • Remove faucet aerators (screens) from all water faucets in your home by unscrewing them clockwise. You may need to use a wrench.
  • Start at the lowest level of your home or business and open all cold water faucets, including sinks, showers, and tubs.
  • Run the water until it runs clear and then for another 5 to 10 minutes at the last tap you opened on the top floor.
  • Turn off each tap, starting with the first one you opened on the lower floor.
  • Clean the aerators with an old toothbrush, rinse and replace by turning counterclockwise.

DWSD and the Great Lakes Water Authority said they are continuing to investigate the cause of brown, rusty water reported on the eastern side earlier this week. There was no indication that the discoloration was linked to recent flooding in the city, a spokesman for the water department said earlier this week.

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The water cleared after DSWD and GLWA opened and run about 50 fire hydrants, the water department said in a press release Thursday, adding there is no indication of a water quality problem.

Anyone with brown, rusty water after completing the flushing steps is requested to call DWSD at 313-267-8000.

DWSD and GLWA are continuing to investigate the cause of the discolored water.

Contact Joe Guillen: jguillen@freepress.com.

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